What is fostering?
When a child is unable to live with their biological parent, a foster carer aims to provide them with the safe and happy home they deserve. Placements can last for days, months or even years and offer the support, love and stability every child needs.
The number of children in need of foster care is rising, and there are currently over 69,000 children throughout the UK waiting to be fostered. If you become a foster carer you will be making a positive difference in one or more of the children’s lives.
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What is the difference between fostering and adoption?
Fostering is regarded as a short-term arrangement, designed to help a family cope through times of stress or difficulty. The aim of the social workers and care team is to support and enable a family to be reunited. Of course, no one can ever be 100% sure how long a child or young person will need foster care. Sometimes it can be a matter of days, and sometimes it can be longer. Often this short-term period becomes a long-term placement but the child or young person remains the legal responsibility of the local authority. Adoption means the child or young person becomes a permanent member of your family and you have legal responsibility for them.
Can I keep my present job and foster?
Fostering is a big commitment, foster carers have to dedicate time to make sure the job is done right. Whether you can keep your existing job depends on your situation and differs from case to case. Here’s a few things to consider; The type of job you do The demands it places on you How you would manage school holidays/periods of absence from school How flexible your working arrangements are Whilst we fully understand everyone needs to earn an income, we hope the generous foster care allowance you receive will enable you to foster full time.
We look at every case individually and carry out police checks, such as DBS and Scottish Disclosure. The children and young people in our care can be extremely vulnerable and we must ensure they are placed with people who can offer them complete security
This varies depending on the number of children in your care, their ages and their needs. We know payment isn't the main motivation to foster but we also appreciate the commitment it takes to offer foster children the warmth and support of a loving home. We have many allowances, incentives and opportunities to earn additional income, have a look at your Allowances section for more information on what financial rewards and options are open to you. Our allowances are in excess of the guidelines laid down by the independent charity, The Fostering Network
Will a criminal conviction stop me from becoming a foster carer?
We look at every case individually and carry out police checks, such as DBS and Scottish Disclosure. The children and young people in our care can be extremely vulnerable and we must ensure they are placed with people who can offer them complete security and safety. If you have any queries regarding your particular circumstances, contact our friendly Fostering Solutions team on 0800 160 160 7.